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Ken, Any chance you want to meet me Wednesday in A.C. and do the walking tour of the Boardwalk theaters and the Atlantic Avenue theaters with me? Lunch immediately afterward before I leave town.
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Also, any idea of the address of the old 500 Club where Martin & Lewis started?
Can anyone pinpoint for me, please, which side of Virginia the theater was on? North side or south side?
Can anyone pinpoint for me, please, which of the two corners this was on? Did it face the ocean or was it on St. Charles Place?
Can anyone pinpoint for me which of the four corners this theater was on, please?
Thank you, Ken. My walking and note-taking tour on Wednesday may be tougher than I hoped because I haven’t seen any of these locations since my A.C. years (1955-61), and the surrounding buildings will not be familiar. If they were, they’d help orient me.
Was this theater ON Maryland, rather than on Atlantic? Can you help me pinpoint which corner it was on?
Nearer the ocean or farther from the ocean? Nearer Captain Starn’s or nearer the convention center?
Can anyone tell me quickly an approximate street address? I’m heading for Atlantic City tomorrow to examine and report on the sites of the old moviehouses.
At least, can you tell me what streets it was between on Atlantic Avenue? Thank you.
Mike, I was at Fort Gordon when “Thunderball” opened, but I didn’t see it at the Miller. I went to a newer indoor that was just to the east of Augusta – possibly in SC, maybe across a river or bridge. Can you tell me what that was? I think “Boeing-Boeing” was the next attraction.
Mike, I think the changeover to rocking chairs occurred later than May 1966. That’s when I left Augusta. In my memory, the Imperial and the Miller were comparable in comfort but in no way modern back then. The nearby Modjeska was dilapidated by comparison. The only other relatively nearby indoor theater was the Daniel Village, which was new and by far the most comfortable in 1965-(early)66.
Lorcan, I met and spoke with you briefly a couple of times way back when. Talked with your dad almost every one of the many times I visited 80 St. Marks. (As it happens, my first visit was for the live smash, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”) I subscribed to your dad’s film schedules for – whatever – 20-some years.
I appreciate your candid, cogent and articulate explanation of the problems of simply ramping up again. We all remember fondly how it was, not how it could, or couldn’t, be resuscitated today. It was not just chance that all of the many repertory moviehouses in Manhattan died one by one in the video era, including the Regency, Thalia, Hollywood, et al.
Your difficulty getting equipment repaired and maintaining it is something we have all suffered with VCRs, laser disc players, 33 rpm phonographs and so on. It’s annoying and in some respects inexcusable that we’ve become such a disposable culture.
Thank you for your insights. Great success to you.
That had to be an aberration, Mike.
Just a guess on what happened with respect to “Mary Poppins”: When it premiered in August 1964 in LA and opened in other major U.S. markets during the final four months of 1964, it was a roadshow (reserved-seat, two-a-day) attraction. There’s a good chance Augusta did not have an option to get a print until the spring of 1965 by which time it could be the Daniel Village’s inaugural attraction.
Bear in mind that late 1964’s other huge musical release was the roadshow of “My Fair Lady,” which opened later in 1965 for just two weeks at the Daniel Village.
Joe, Have you any idea how to reach Joel Navari, who moved to the Chicago area around 1970? If so, please contact me at
Thanks, Mike and Ray.
Thanks, Mike. I’ll check the Southside. By the way, we have a SouthSide Works Cinema multiplex here in Pittsburgh.
Thanks, Mike. Cannot find CT entries for the Weis Drive-In or the Cloverleaf Drive-In.
Great introduction, Mike. I was there in 1965-66 but remember nothing about it. If I had a mosquito problem there, it wasn’t memorable. When I got to Leesville LA, I frequently attended a drive-in that was a total mosquito pit. Neither spraying nor closed windows helped.
Thank you very much, Mike. I’ll look up the ones you mentioned. Perhaps you’d be kind enough to add notes here and there after conversations with your moviehouse buddies. Some may not have the patience to type comments or many not be sufficiently computer savvy.
Hello, Mike. Obviously you know the area very well. Would you be able to do an inventory of the names and general locations of the three or four drive-ins nearest to Fort Gordon? One I attended was just acrosss the border in South Carolina, but there were at least two near Augusta including one that seemed to be within the cirty limits.
Very interesting, Vinnie. Please do share more memories of the Plaza.
By the way, Preminger’s response to which picture was his favorite or made him proudest, etc., was always, “My latest one.” When you’ve made “Laura,” “The Man With the Giolden Arm,” “Anatomy of a Murder” and “In Harm’s Way,” among others, you can’t pass off “Hurry Sundown” or “Skidoo” or “The Human Factor” as the answer to that question.
Thank you, Mike. I look forward to whatever contributions you can make to the history (and even existence of) Augusta indoor and outdoor theaters.
Truly it’s absurd to plant big trees on certain urban business streets. It’s no service to anyone. Even the trees don’t look right when they’re brushing up against marquees and blocking windows. Common sense be damned.